High-school graduates who attend school in one of 22 states or the District of Columbia who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages can earn seals of biliteracy. US Education Secretary John King Jr. highlighted such programs during a symposium on multiliteracy and dual-language learning.
The overall rate of students defaulting on their federal loans has dipped from 11.8% last year to 11.3%, according to a report from the US Education Department. However, the default rate for students from private, nonprofit colleges rose slightly from 6.8% to 7%, while for-profit students defaulted at a rate of 15%, down from 15.8% a year ago.
Teachers at a Massachusetts high school have revamped the way students engage with books as part of a summer program. Rather than just talking about the books, students engage in activities connected to the books' theme, such as when 10th-graders went hiking after reading about personal growth and unique life journeys.
Some linguists report that multiculturalism and "talking to machines and listening to Americans" will change accents and how the British speak the Queen's English. In a recent report, the linguists say that by 2066, English in Great Britain will feature shortened words and simplified pronunciation as, among other things, American technology uses a "relaxed and unpretentious approach" to the language.
Most students take notes out of habit, but Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, writes in this blog post that students need to learn to transform note-taking from a tedius habit into a powerful tool for thinking. Chandler suggests strategies to help students learn to take valuable notes.
A survey shows that 67% of college faculty either absolutely, or with some reservations, prefer students to bring their own computing device to class. Twenty-three percent say they fully supported the idea of the institution distributing the devices to students instead, the data show.
High-school students in California have founded the Association of Computational and Mathematical Modeling. The group is creating free resources that it hopes will help educators incorporate modeling methods into math instruction.
Boosting teachers' content-area knowledge may not translate to improvements among students, according to a report by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Data show the performance of students in classes where teachers participated in content-intensive math training did not improve, despite the teachers scoring higher on a test of math knowledge.
Middle-school educator Bethany Lambeth's use of under-the-desk bike pedals as a classroom-management tool has made international news. The pedals, paid for by a local grant, allows fidgety students in her math-intervention classes to work out excess energy and has improved their focus, grades and behavior, she said.
Students from a Massachusetts agricultural high school are contributing to a hands-on project to support the dwindling monarch butterfly population. Students are planting milkweed to create a butterfly garden in the first phase of the project.
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